Psychological Testing and Assessment in Asheville, NC
Thriveworks is dedicated to an ever-important mission: helping people live happy, successful lives. Accomplishing this mission means assisting, guiding, and supporting people through the challenges they face in life at any given moment. Sometimes, we can offer this help in counseling or therapy. In other instances though, psychological testing and assessment is necessary to the treatment process, too!
Psychological tests help people—as well as their psychologist or other healthcare provider—better understand their thought patterns, behaviors, motivations, and skills. Depending on the person’s needs or reason(s) for pursuing professional help, the goal might be to assess one’s symptoms and assign diagnosis or it might be to evaluate one’s skills and inform one’s career decisions. This can vary greatly from person to person.
If you’re looking for psychological testing or think that you might need it, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Asheville, NC. You can call (828) 394-4388 to schedule psychological testing with a Thriveworks Asheville provider. We’re here, and we’re ready to help you.
Psychological Testing: What Is It? How Can It Help?
Psychological testing is designed to measure an individual’s traits, thoughts, behaviors, and other capacities. Sometimes, these are used to diagnose mental illness, and at others, they are used to simply help an individual better understand themselves. The psychologists at Thriveworks Asheville might even administer several different tests, of which can provide valuable information. These tests include behavioral observation, interviews, and formal psychological evaluation.
In sum, psychological tests come in many different varieties. Some are simple observations of one’s actions or behaviors and decisions; others are self-reports of one’s symptoms of depression, anxiety, or another mental illness. Either way, these tests can inform the next steps of treatment (if they require it) and ultimately help the individual live a happier, more successful life. Take, for example, personality assessments: These might be administered to measure an individual’s personality disorder symptoms, leading to a diagnosis as well as treatment.
Examples of Psychological Tests and Assessments
As we’ve mentioned, there are different forms of psychological testing. Below, you’ll find a few examples of common psychological assessments:
- Differential diagnosis assessments: This kind of assessment can help to determine what mental illness one might have. There are instances when an individual’s symptoms are consistent with several different mental health conditions, and it can be hard to identify which is the right culprit. Fortunately, differential diagnosis assessments look into each possibility and narrow them down until the right diagnosis is determined.
- Personality assessments: This type of assessment analyzes the individual’s personality, with the help of surveys and self-reports, and informs diagnosis of a personality disorder. Personality disorders include borderline, narcissistic, avoidant, dependent personality disorder, and more.
- Gifted placement evaluations: This form of testing is pretty self-explanatory: It involves ability and achievement tests, which measure a child’s performance versus other children in their age group. The goal is to identify “gifted” children.
- Learning and academic functioning assessments: This type of testing helps to identify and diagnose learning disorders as well as developmental delays. These might test an individual’s reading, writing, and/or math skills.
There are many other forms of psychological testing, too. If you are looking for psychological testing and assessment for you or a child, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Asheville, NC. We’d be happy to set you up with one of our psychologists who can administer an assessment.
Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Asheville, NC
Thriveworks Asheville, NC has a team of mental health professionals—including counselors, therapists, life coaches, and psychologists—who can conduct psychological testing and assessment. These tests can help a wide range of people, from those who are experiencing strange lapses in memory; those who need Autism or ADHD testing; those who want to better understand their strengths and weaknesses; and those who are interested in gifted placement for their child.
If you think that you or your child could benefit from psychological testing and assessment, be it a personality assessment, a differential diagnosis assessment, gifted placement evaluations, or another test entirely, you are in the right place—Thriveworks Asheville, NC will do what we can to help you. To schedule your appointment, just call our office. You can reach us at (828) 394-4388. We’ll be looking forward to your call!